Photographer's Note

One of the most memorable moments in any of my travels around the world, was watching the sun rise at Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu. After a night of listening to music with locals, we decided to head over to Boudhanath at 3am. From 3am to 7am I think it is the most beautiful time to visit. It is no longer a tourist destination, but a religious monument to the locals. Even at 3am there were several people praying at the temple. You are supposed to walk around the stupa in a clockwise direction.

And as the sun started to rise, more and more people would come to circle it. The amazing thing was the variety (from little children, teenagers, parents, and grandparents) all in different types of dress (traditional clothes, to stylish jeans of the younger generation) yet all shared in their respect to the stupa. The atmosphere is impossible to describe, as the chanting and the ringing of a giant bell. Every time the bell rang, these birds would get frightened and also fly clockwise around the stupa and settling just below the eyes. Yet, the bell would ring again and once more the birds would circle it.

One of the most spiritual moments I have ever experienced, and I cannot emphasize how amazing this stupa is early in the morning.

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